Indonesia ready to help Japan: Minister

15 March, 2011 | Source: Jakarta Post

Coordinating Minister for People′s Welfare Agung Laksono said Indonesia is ready to help Japan after the nation was wrecked by a deadly earthquake and tsunami last week.


Coordinating Minister for People′s Welfare Agung Laksono said Indonesia is ready to help Japan after the nation was wrecked by a deadly earthquake and tsunami last week.

"We don′t know what kind of assistance will be sent. We must wait for the needs assessment in Japan," he said in Manado, North Sulawesi, on Saturday as quoted by Antara news agency.

Agung said that Indonesia might send rice or medical personnel to Japan. "If not material and volunteers, the Indonesian government can channel money to the Japanese government," he said.

The Japanese government has frequently sent aid to Indonesia after disasters such as the 2004 Aceh tsunami and flash flooding in Wasior, Papua in 2010.

Indonesian Disaster Relief Team to Head to Japan on Thursday 

The Indonesian Government has announced plans to send a team to Japan on Thursday to help the latter cope with the aftermath of last week′s massive earthquake and tsunami that left thousands dead and caused large-scale destruction.

Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had ordered the move.

“The Japanese government has opened its doors to Indonesian volunteers. So President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono instructed the team to fly there right away,” Sutopo said Tuesday, as quoted by Antara.

The team comprises members from the BNPB, the Indonesian Red Cross, the military (TNI), the Health Ministry and several other related institutions. Medical workers as well as search and rescue workers are included in the list.

“In the first phase, 60 trained members of the Quick Response Team to Manage Disasters will be dispatched and we hope that they will leave for Japan on Thursday morning,” Sutopo said.

He added that the team from Indonesia would join other volunteers from 69 countries working to provide disaster relief for the stricken nation.



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